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To the Editor: I support Ralph Rauterkus' re-election to our City Council. I watched his extraordinary contribution to public service while he served the Port Authority. He is an accomplished analyst; willing to devote many hours of his personal time to an end which would benefit all citizens. When he served as chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, he attended the meetings well-prepared; capable of defining complex financial matters to those of us who appreciated them in "layman's" terms.
To the Editor: I attended the Wabasha County budget meeting Sept. 11 in Millville. The atmosphere was welcoming. My main reason was to see and hear the information commissioners will be using to set the 2013 budget. I also wanted to experience the climate, given all the attention to Wabasha County politics the media has provided. It seems that after several tough economic decisions were made in county government, a deep level of distrust developed in the community. Commissioner Deb Roschen was the main presenter. She openly sought the input and opinions.
To the Editor: I sincerely appreciated John Kern's thoughtful letter titled "Majority, don't impose your beliefs just because you can." Its frank, factual content made great sense. (R-E, Sept. 19) At the same time, I found myself thinking about the comments of a "religiously conservative" friend of mine who said, 'I'm going to vote 'no,' because this is a religious question not a legal one." Since the formation of the United States, we have prided ourselves on the fundamental principle of separation of church and state.
To the Editor: This week, Rep. John Kline signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to allow wind energy tax credits to expire at the end of the year. The letter calls for our government to stop investing in "losers" in the energy marketplace. Kline's idea that the wind industry is a loser is ironic: the 2nd Congressional District, which Kline represents, ranks 5th in country for installed wind capacity.
To the Editor: Diversity ... yes! I am a proud member of Red Wing's St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In the past few months I have become involved in the Reconciling in Christ and Invite groups. As a member of these teams, I experienced my first Red Wing Diversity Festival as an active participant. The festival brought a large group of very diverse people together.
To the Editor: As we consider the candidates for Minnesota state Senate this year, there could not be a more qualified, respectable, and honorable choice than Sen. John Howe. Howe worked tirelessly to represent the city of Red Wing as mayor, and he has continued that dedicated service by representing over 75,000 people as our state senator. Howe understands the need to make state government more effective and efficient for us. Howe has the experience of a small business owner and understands what is needed to promote job creation.
To the Editor: Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic in America that continues to affect millions of individuals of all age groups. In 2011 there are 5.2 million people 65 years and older and 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 affected with younger-onset Alzheimer's in America. The thought of living with the disease before age 65 is life altering. No one should have to live through life with a disease that changes one's self-identity.
To the Editor: Ted Seifert defends the people of Goodhue County. He has consistently voted and worked to bring truth and common sense to his role as county commissioner. Mr. Seifert is a friend to business and industry as well - unless a company's work would harm the residents - then he sides with the citizens. I found that he takes the time to listen to my concerns and ask pertinent questions to ensure he is fully informed.
To the Editor: You meet a lot of volunteers working for the Red Cross Blood Bank for 35 years. The donors are truly generous people and the staff is pretty tireless except on the last day when it's time to pack everything up. That's when the Boy Scouts always showed up. Most of the boys were too young to give blood but not too young to learn the value of volunteering.
To the Editor: It's incredible to think that Minnesotans are considering enshrining discrimination in our state Constitution. Do we really want to return to the days when it was legal to deny to others basic human rights that we insist our military men and women protect at all costs - but only for us, not "them"? "Them" - gay men and women who love exactly as "we" love, care deeply for their partner's well-being just as "we" do, worry together over financial or family distress just as "we" do.